World's Best-Selling Car Is ...
Ford Focus, again
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Apr 9, 2013 3:56 PM CDT
No. 1 best-seller: Ford Focus.   (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

(Newser) – Ford Focus has defended its title as the best-selling car in the world, reports USA Today. The Toyota Corolla finished second, though Toyota is pushing for a recount by RL Polk, arguing that Corolla derivatives such as the Scion xB should be included and thus give its car the No. 1 ranking. That doesn't seem likely, making the top five sellers in 2012:

  1. Ford Focus, 1 million
  2. Toyota Corolla, 873,000
  3. Ford F-Series trucks, 786,000
  4. Wuling Zhiguang, 769,000 (this is a Chinese family vehicle made by GM in a joint venture with two automakers in China)
  5. Toyota Camry, 730,000
Click for the full top 10 list, which includes another Ford entry and two from Honda.

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Apr 10, 2013 9:51 PM CDT
Joe Smith starts another day early, having set his alarm clock (made in China) for 6am. While his coffee pot (made in Canada) is perking a brew (made in Colombia), he puts his hair dryer to work (made in Taiwan) and shaves with his electric razor (made in Thailand). He puts on a dress shirt (made in Indonesia), and jeans (made in Singapore) and a pair of tennis shoes (made in Korea). After cooking up some breakfast in his new electric skillet (made in the Philippines), he sits down to figure out on his calculator (made in Mexico) how much he can spend today. He searches with his computer (made in Malaysia) and makes a few calls on his phone (made in Finland). After setting his watch (made in Switzerland) to the radio (made in India), he goes out and gets in his car (made in Germany), fills it with gas (made in Saudi Arabia) and goes looking, as he has been for months, for a job. At the end of another discouraging and fruitless day, Joe decides to relax for awhile. He puts on a pair of sandals (made in Brazil), pours himself a glass of wine (made in France), and turns on his TV (made in Japan) and once again wonders why he can't find a good paying job in America.
Apr 10, 2013 6:12 PM CDT
For 45 yrs Ford has designed and built cars in Europe specifically for the European market. The Japanese companies have only started making cars in the USA in the past 15 yrs, and only because it was cheaper to do so. GM has done this as well, but not to the extent that Ford has. I was surprised to see the VW Golf at #7. If I had to buy a small car, the Golf would be the first on my list to look at.
Apr 10, 2013 10:24 AM CDT
Googled an image of that Wuling Zhiguang. Love the half van half pickup model.